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10 Frequently Asked Questions: Flower Care

Kailee Palileo 25 Oct 2023
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Welcome to the ultimate guide to FiftyFlowers, your go-to source for all things floral! Whether you're a seasoned event planner, a DIY enthusiast, or someone looking to add a touch of nature to your surroundings, FiftyFlowers is your one-stop destination for high-quality, fresh flowers. In this comprehensive FAQ blog, we've compiled a list of the top 10 frequently asked questions about FiftyFlowers to help you navigate the world of blooms with ease. 

How Long Can Flowers Stay In The Box?

We take great pride in delivering an exceptional floral experience. Our exceptional blooms are meticulously chosen and shipped directly from the farm to your doorstep, ensuring the highest quality. To preserve the condition of your flowers, we highly recommend promptly unpacking them upon delivery. This not only allows the blossoms to breathe but also guarantees they receive the optimal amount of light and water necessary for thriving. Keep in mind that unveiling the vibrant colors and delicate petals as soon as possible will extend your enjoyment of our freshly harvested flowers. Additionally, this provides ample time to connect with our dedicated customer service team should any issues arise

How Do I Transport My Flowers?


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Gently handle your blossoms with utmost care while in transit. Place them in a cool, shaded space, ensuring they remain securely immersed in water to avoid dehydration. When dealing with larger quantities, use 5 gallon buckets to provide essential support to stems and maintain hydration levels. For those transporting blooms already arranged in vases, check out our "How to Keep Flowers Fresh: Care and Transportation Tips!" blog for expert insights on preserving your blooms throughout their transportation journey.

How Do I Make My Flowers Bloom Faster?

To encourage faster blooming, ensure your flowers receive adequate sunlight, water, and nutrients. Regularly trim the stems at an angle, change the water every few days, and consider using flower food to support their growth.

Do I Remove All Of The Packaging?

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It's essential to remove any packaging that may obstruct water absorption. However, keep any ties or bands that support the stems intact until you're ready to arrange them to maintain their structure.

For Roses, They Have Brown Outer Petals. Is This Normal?

Yes, it's entirely normal for roses to have brown outer petals. These outer petals are known as guard petals. Guard petals serve a protective role, shielding the delicate inner petals during the budding stage and transportation. Once the rose fully blooms, you can gently remove the brown guard petals to reveal the vibrant and pristine beauty of the inner petals. It's a natural part of the growth process, and your roses will continue to unfold their beauty over time.

My Ranunculus Look Tiny And Droopy, What Can I Do?

If your ranunculus appear small and droopy, addressing their hydration is crucial to revive them. Begin by submerging the entire stems in lukewarm water for about an hour, allowing the flowers to absorb moisture and regain their turgidity. Additionally, consider trimming an inch off the bottom of each stem at a diagonal angle to enhance water uptake. Ensure they are placed in a clean vase with enough room and no submerged leaves. If the drooping persists, another effective option is to provide structural support by wiring the stems. Gently wrap floral wire around the stems to add reinforcement and encourage them to stand upright. Changing the water every few days and keeping the ranunculus in a cool, shaded environment will further contribute to their overall well-being. By combining these strategies, you should see a significant improvement in the appearance and vitality of your ranunculus.

How Do I Care For My Peonies?


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Caring for peonies destined for arrangements involves a nuanced approach to ensure they stay fresh and vibrant. Use clean, sharp shears to cut stems at an angle, and immediately place them in warm water to encourage water absorption. Remove any foliage that might be submerged in the vase water to prevent bacterial growth. To prolong the blooms, keep them in a cool location away from direct sunlight and drafts. Changing the water every few days and re-cutting the stems at a slight angle helps maintain water freshness. Adding floral preservative to the vase can also extend their vase life. With these steps, your peonies will not only be a delight to arrange but will also retain their beauty for an extended period in your floral creations.

How Do I Make My Flowers Bloom Slower?

If you're looking to slow down the blooming process of your flowers, there are a few strategies to consider. First, ensure that your flowers are in a cooler environment, as warmer temperatures tend to accelerate blooming. Additionally, place them away from direct sunlight and heat sources, as these conditions can expedite the opening of flower buds. Trim the stems at an angle and remove any leaves that might be submerged in water, as this helps to reduce the overall metabolic activity of the flowers. Using cooler water in the vase can also contribute to slowing down the blooming process. While these methods may not entirely halt the blooming, they can certainly extend the time it takes for your flowers to fully open, allowing you to enjoy their beauty for a longer duration.

How Do I Care For Tinted Flowers?

Caring for tinted flowers requires a delicate touch to preserve both their vibrant color and overall freshness. Start by placing the tinted flowers in clean vases filled with lukewarm water, ensuring that no foliage is submerged as it may decay and affect water quality. Change the water every few days to prevent bacterial growth and enhance the longevity of the color treatment. Keep the flowers away from direct sunlight and heat sources, as prolonged exposure can fade the tint. Additionally, trim the stems at an angle regularly to promote water absorption. While tinted flowers may not last as long as their natural counterparts, with proper care, you can extend the duration of their vibrancy and enjoy their uniquely colored beauty.

How Many Flowers Do I Need For A Bridal Bouquet?


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Determining the number of flowers needed for a bridal bouquet depends on various factors, including the size of the blooms, the bouquet style, and personal preferences. On average, bridal bouquets typically range from 24 to 36 stems. For a smaller, more intimate bouquet, you might aim for around 12 to 24 stems, while a larger, more extravagant bouquet could require 40 or more stems. It's essential to consider the size of the flowers you choose, as larger blooms may fill out the bouquet more efficiently. Additionally, take into account the desired shape and style—whether it's a compact round bouquet or a loose, cascading arrangement.

We trust that this comprehensive guide to FiftyFlowers has armed you with the knowledge needed to elevate your floral experiences. By addressing the top 10 frequently asked questions, we've aimed to empower you with insights into caring for your flowers, enhancing their longevity, and unlocking their full beauty. As you embark on your floral journey with FiftyFlowers, may each bloom bring joy, elegance, and a touch of nature to your surroundings. Happy arranging!


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